Europol cracks down on botnet infecting 3.2 million computers

A joint international operation led by Europol and assisted by Microsoft, Symantec, and Anubis Networks has claimed success in clamping down on a cybercrime group suspected of deploying the Ramnit botnet for malicious purposes.

Ramnit is one of the world's biggest botnets, believed to have infected up to 3.2 million computers worldwide. A botnet is a network of subservient computers which operate under criminal control to spread viruses or send out spam containing malicious links.

Cybercriminals deployed Ramnit to gain remote access and control of computers infected by the malware, allowing them to disable antivirus protection and steal personal and banking information from people.

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